Honeoye is a hamlet in the town of Richmond, county of Ontario, New York, 33 miles (53 kilometers) south of downtown Rochester, New York. The community is at the north end of Honeoye Lake, one of the minor Finger Lakes. It is primarily situated along U.S. Route 20A (New York) between Ontario County Roads 33 and 37. The center of the hamlet can roughly be placed at the intersection of Route 20A and Ontario County Road 36 (West Lake Road).
The name "Honeoye" is believed to have originated from the Iroquois word "Ha-ne-a-yeh" or "lying finger" which described the lake that now shares the same name as the hamlet. Due to its location at the northerntip of Honeoye Lake and seasonal recreational population, the hamlet contains several businesses, including gas stations and grocery, drug, liquor, hardware, auto-parts, and convenience stores. It also contains several restaurants, a doctor's office, dentist's office, and Honeoye Central School, which is K-12. There are also multiple churches, a fire station, library, beach, park, state boat launch, and hiking trail.
Culture and recreation
Honeoye and the surrounding community are recognized mainly for the lake and its recreational value including water sports, fishing, and ice fishing. The steep valleys of the area also provide excellent snow skiing in the winter at two primary resorts: Bristol Mountain and Hunt Hollow. Honeoye is also located near the Finger Lakes wine viticultural area. Several parks also surround the area including: Sandy Bottom Beach and Nature Trail, Harriet Hollister-Spencer State Recreation Area, and Ontario County Park.
Honeoye was previously famous for its annual winter carnival, but the carnival was discontinued because the small community could not support the large number of patrons. In recent years, Honeoye has tried to bring back an annual event including another winter carnival and the annual Captain Red Beard's Feast in early September.
Honeoye is often viewed as more of a community rather than just a hamlet. Many residents of the area often identify themselves with Honeoye before identifying with their own town.